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Feb 03 2014

Traveliing again

On the road again-had a challenging journey yesterday to the other side of the Atlantic. To start with my ICE train to the Frankfurt Airport was going to be delayed by 90 minutes. That was a non starter as it was going to make me late for check in-and my requisite need to "pre-charge" in the lounge. ( The new Lufthansa lounges in the Z terminal of FRA are pretty sweet). Went to the Deutsche Bahn office and got re-routed to an IC train which was taking me to the Frankfurt Main station.

I made it in a ok amount of time-but then using LH's check in kiosks caused a bit of problem when it refused to read my passport. The newest EU immigrant manning the kiosk line-seemed not to grasp the fact that I need to go to a counter where a human could check my passport. Finally got that worked out-and by the grace of God the security line was very short. Landed safely in the lounge.

Then after boarding the plane-saw the change to get an open aisle seat with out someone next to me. Snagged it and figured things were looking up! But I spoke too soon.

The plane required maintenance that delayed us by almost an hour. Now this was a problem because I was hoping to make it time to get in a combat nap at the hotel prior to Super Bowl kickoff. Now I would be lucky to make the kickoff-much less the first quarter.

It turned out ok-made it to my room just as national anthem was being sung. Turns out, of course, I need not have bothered-the game was a Seahawk blowout. They slaughtered the Bronco's, who appeared to have left any offense they had back in Denver.

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On a serious note, James Fallows has been running an excellent series of articles about the use of Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg. "About the service and sacrifice of this brave man and other men and women like him, we cannot say enough." But as Fallows points out-ALL of us should be outraged that he had to make TEN deployments to the various hellholes America has chosen to fight its war without end in. Furhtermore, there is a dichotomy of purpose when you have the architects of a failed policy somehow applauding him-while failing to do the things that might have prevented his suffering in the first place.

The vast majority of us play no part whatsoever in these prolonged overseas campaigns; people like Sgt. Remsburg go out on 10 deployments; we rousingly cheer their courage and will; and then we move on. Last month I mentioned that the most memorable book I read in 2013 was Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain. It's about a group of U.S. soldiers who barely survive a terrible encounter in Iraq, and then are paraded around in a halftime tribute at a big Dallas Cowboys game. The crowd at Cowboys Stadium cheers in very much the way the Capitol audience did last night—then they get back to watching the game.

 

Later Fallows examines the implications in clearer detail.

There was another moment in the speech that I think will look worse in the long view. It was the emotionally charged ending, the tribute to the obviously courageous and grievously wounded Sergeant Cory Remsburg.

The moment was powerful human and political drama; it reflected deserved credit and gratitude on Remsburg and his family; and as I wrote earlier today, I think it was entirely sincere on the president's part, as a similar tribute would have been from his predecessor George W. Bush. With the significant difference that Bush initiated the wars these men and women have fought in, and Obama has been winding them down. And so the most favorable reading of the moment, as John Cassidy has argued, is that the president was trying to dramatize to the rest of the government the human cost of the open-ended wars many of them have egged on.

But I don't think that's how it came across to most of the Congress, or was processed by the commentariat. This was not presented as a "never again" moment; it was a "this is America's finest!" moment—which Cory Remsburg himself, and with his family, certainly is. (Also see Peter Beinart on this point.) For America as a whole, the episode did not show us at our finest. In the earlier item, I tried to explain why these few minutes will reflect badly on us and our times when our children's children view them years from now. Since the explanation was buried at the end of a long post, I repeat it at the end of this one.

A Congress that by default is pressuring the country toward war, most recently with Iran, and that would not dream of enacting either a special tax or any kind of enforced or shared service to sustain these wars, gives a prolonged, deserved ovation for a person who has dedicated his all to the country. Tears well up in many eyes; the cheering persists; the admiration for this young man is profound. Then everyone moves right on.

Years from now, people can play this clip and see something about the culture of our times. It's a moment of which only the Remsburg family will be proud. 

 

His long exploration of the historical allusions is also worth a read.

Lunch is over-gotta get back to work. Hope it does not snow tonight.

 

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Oct 28 2013

Spam Attack!

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Important safety tip. When upgrading your blog software-check to make sure your plugins all reactivate properly. Mine did not and we got a WAVE of Spam here last night. Still trying to get all the bogus comments out of the system.

Should be fixed by tomorrow.

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May 16 2013

I have seen the whole of the internet…..

And trust me-its not pretty.

I have been in a very pessimistic mood lately. I think it has a lot to do with the transactional nature of the interactions we have with others on the internet. I’ll expand upon that in a couple of paragraphs, but it has me wondering whether the time has come to unplug entirely.  It would probably return a lot of time to me-but that said, I am not sure how I would use it. In the vernacular it is known by the more descriptive term, committing Internet suicide.

NOTE: Please not the word “Internet” in front of the “S” word. I am not mentally disturbed and will not do anything towards my real existence.

I first read about it in a computer article. Internet Suicide is the act of removing your online presence from cyberspace.

Sick of horribly embarrassing things showing up when potential employers Google your name? Tired of everyone knowing you live in a garden level dungeon apartment? Perhaps you just don't like the fact the internet makes you easy to find. Thankfully, it's not that hard to delete yourself entirely. Here's how to do it.

As most bloggers eventually discover, it’s hard to blog in anonymity forever. A lot of people now know my “real” identity and I am fine with that. What I am not fine with is the idea that people think they have a right to make comprehensive value judgments about a person based on solely on what one discusses or argues about on Facebook, in a blog, or on Twitter or any other venue. I am a lot more complex than that-and I think most people are the same way. Yet as I have pointed out in several humorous posts and not so humorous posts-gone on long enough-any internet discussion that goes on, spirals down into an angry oblivion. Especially in today’s politically polarized society. It is a coarsening factor in our American society-and its creating a lot of the political problems that we now have to deal with. Blogs and people were supposed to be better than that. Sadly, they are not.

The herd mentality is alive and well in the world of the blogosphere-a lot more so than when I started blogging back in 2005. The popular response is that “well both sides do it-it is not just a conservative thing”. That’s true-but there are differences between the way conservatives and liberals approach the tactics of internet discussions. Definitions of “civilized discussion” differ a lot. One man’s mannerly discussion is another man’s gang beating.

Conservatives tend to believe in moral absolutes a lot more than liberals seem to. Liberals-not near as much. ( Which is probably why they are liberal-they have seen the world and discovered the hard way that , in general, things are not simply black and white-but rather an overriding shade of gray).

Another thing is that conservatives hate it when you dismiss the source of their information. They come at you saying you are not discussing the main points or “dealing with issues”. I am sorry-in many cases the source is the issue. If you are quoting from Breitbart, the National Review, or several other sources-it means the veracity of the material you cite is suspect to begin with. Sorry, but it is true. There are many sources on the internet-not all of them are good. It is perfectly acceptable to be dismissive of the trash that resides in over half of Memeorandum. Liberals, I feel are not burdened so much-mainly because they place a higher value on providing scrutiny of sources anyway. The “well MSNBC is biased too” argument grows tiresome-they forget that MSNBC is not nearly as successful as Fox is. And as Jon Stewart loves to point out, they have not made it an art form to complain about control of content-while at the same time being the biggest practitioners of it.

One thing I have always been slow to recognize is that there are simply some people that can never be convinced-no matter how hard you try. These people live to make trouble and they love to reinforce their own self worth by trashing the merit of the other person. It has gotten me into online trouble far too often. More so in my early years of Facebooking and Blogging-but it still happens now.  The ideal solution to such a situation is never to play at all-or walk away early. It is not cowardly to that-its actually the more prudent path. Especially,  when you have been drinking. I have a hard time remembering that and I really need to do so. There are a lot of supremely self confident people out there who have perfect lives and hate your life because it does not meet their predetermined moral standard. It must be nice to have that level of self confidence. I know I don’t and certainly don’t place much value in their moral judgments anyway.

At some point, I believe, you have to come to peace with your internet personality-and accept yourself for who you are and be comfortable with who you are on line. If others don’t like that-it is their problem, not yours –and if that means you have to resort to the block button to regain some peace and sanity, then so be it. It’s a lot better than getting an ulcer. So I have made a resolution to be more comfortable in my own internet skin. I am who I am –and more importantly-you are never going to be me. So stop trying to tell me how to live my life.

If you are looking for a point in this post, there really isn’t one. I am writing to work through my own issues and and I am allowing you to be my “counselor” –so relax and enjoy the ride. This is nothing more than "a steam of my conciousness" post. I get to do that from time to time. Unlike the people in the lovely land of certitude-I do not believe in moral certitudes or self confidence. Such is the lot of the man of thought.

Help me to always give 100% at work
12% on Monday.
23% on Tuesday.
40% on Wednesday.
20% on Thursday.
5% on Friday.

And help me to remember…
When I'm having a really bad day,
and it seems that people are trying to piss me off,
that it takes 42 muscles to frown and only 4…
to extend my middle finger and tell them to bite me!
Amen."

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Feb 21 2013

A missed birthday.

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My blogger birthday was this month. I failed to celebrate it-some of it by accident, some of it by design.

I began this blog out of a sense of frustration responding to a huge personal disappointment in my life; created by nothing but sheer stupidity on the part of other people-who then,  as was recently demonstrated here-thought they had some sort of God -given right to interfere with my life. They didn't then-and they most certainly don't today. My disgust with their simplistic trying to slot people into molds, set me off on the path of blogging to begin with. That particular personal disappointment was a “Y” of sorts in my life-and the path taken since then, was definitely the one less traveled by. But it has been, on the whole,  pretty interesting. It has made, "all the difference".

Nonetheless, I am beginning to think that the life of this blog may have run its course. It is becoming harder and harder to write about American politics now. First of all the overall level of knowledge about the facts of American politics among many readers is approaching an all time low. One gets forced to having to drive home the same points over and over-and to what I end I cannot tell you. Among a certain segment of the population, there is simply the will "not to believe". This coupled with the increasing demands on my schedule leave me drained at the end of the day-still filled with ideas, but no energy to set them down on the screen.

Furthermore, as has been proven by several popular and formerly popular conservative military bloggers, there is not a "two way street" when it comes to active, emotionally charged discussion. Take, for example, the complete hissy fits that some on that side of the aisle throw-when the term "teabagger" is used. They become downright obnoxious about it. They whine and moan about how "disgusting" it is-when it is clearly a great way to show well deserved contempt for an organization that deserves to be held in contempt. And besides, the term pales in comparison to the words they use in opposition. Don't believe me? Take a stroll on over to Uncle Dumbo's, or to some of the other "high regard" military bloggers and read the swill that circulates among their commenting class. It makes the word teabagger look like a kindergarten word. And they always seem to conveniently forget, its a term the Tea Party originally coined for themselves.

Then there is the other sage bit of advice that has been given to me by military bloggers-that I should not take all of this so personally. " I should learn to better 'control my anger'. Its not good for my physical and emotional health". Oh really? Why don't you tell me something I don't know? 

How about the opposite idea? That there is an obligation to call a spade a spade-and to call out lies for the lies they are. A group of narrow minded selfish children are seeking to undermine the country of my birth, one that I will be forever linked to, and I am not supposed to be angry about it? How does that work exactly? Can someone explain it to me?

I sometimes envy the unaware. They drift blissfully through life, paying no attention to the events of the world swirling around them.  What troubles me about there attitude is that they though they pay no attention-the danger to them and the life they lead is still very real. The S.O. is one of those people. She is wrapped up in the many domestic details while ignoring the bigger picture. ( and ignoring her womanly duties.:(). 

The problem is, I can't be that way. Politics and its effects and aftermaths are important to me-and I am passionately interested. Even though in the grand scheme of things my viewpoints are having little impact and are not really swaying anyone's long held belief. Furthermore-while I would like to make a difference in American electoral politics, there are not enough Skycaps to get all of my baggage to the curb. Any run for an elected office back in the US would be aborted before it began. Primarily because of the false moral certitude so many Americans seem to convey.  So I am there also trapped-stuck to be an observer and a commenter with no way to change the path the bus I am strapped into goes, as it heads down the road . Eventually to careen over  a cliff.

So together-this combination of factors leaves me, as a writer, mentally and emotionally tired. And in a fit of despair so deep-I don't know how to describe it.  I shouldn't care.

But I do. 

And I want to give voice to my anger.

Because despite the rhetoric-I don't believe in "2nd Amendment solutions".

So,  this little piece of the internet is my place to shout at the rain.

It's mine, and I know I am right. I know that  with a steadfast conviction.

So while you may not see me as often-armed with the knowledge of the preceding statement-I will feel compelled to continue.

And so I shall.

So I guess you are stuck with me for another year.

Aren't you the lucky one? :P

 

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Nov 24 2012

Breitbart still sucks

Charles Johnson has observed on several occasions that while the late, not so dearly departed, Andrew Breitbart was well and truly one of the United States' biggest morons-the children who write in his stead can top it.

 

Sure enough, Breitbrat Ben Shapiro’s moronic attack on President Obama’s Thanksgiving address was rapidly picked up by the rest of the right wing Fake Outrage Machine. The Daily Caller has this article based on Shapiro’s post: Obama Thanksgiving Address: Calls to Unite Behind WH, Doesn’t Thank God.

Watch how the Daily Caller’s Christopher Bedford blatantly slants the story against President Obama, saying he “urged the country to unite behind his administration” twice, even though the actual quote from Obama’s speech says no such thing.

 

And true to form-the members of the Liars Club, led by Jim Hoft; the "Dumbest Man on the Internet" picked right up on it.

John Hinderaker, Jim Hoft, William Jacobson, the Town Hall Harlot: Michelle Malkin-who is spending the weekend looking down on Wal Mart protestors for having the audacity to publicly point out the company could do more for its workers-and of course lets not forget the collective stupidity that is Breitbart. They are all contemptible people. As stupid and vile as you might expect.

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Oct 20 2012

Looking for someone to blame

Whenever I get depressed about the sad state of American politics-which in the month of October is just about every day-I don't have to look far for people who should be held to blame for polarizing our politics.

The collective group of idiots who populate the Liars Club.

To review, the Liars Club is that group of conservative bloggers,who no matter what the subject is, will ensure that whatever story they post on their blog is casting the current President of the United States in the worst possible light-and casting themselves in a light of "brilliance". Or at least that is how they want you think they are. They consist of the National Review, Powerline, Gateway Pundit AKA Jim Hoft, also known in saner circles as the "dumbest man on the internet", William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection, Weasel Zippers, Jammie Wearing Fools ( the last word is a correct title-they are fools),  any Town Hall author-but especially Hugh Hewitt. And last but not least, the emotionally crippled children who carry on the legacy of their thankfully expired namesake-Andrew Breitbart.

All of them are quite useless and all of them to figuratively to be beaten to death with a Louisville Slugger.

When they can't find anything news worthy to tar and feather the President or any other Democratic Party member about-they just make shit up.

What probably depresses me the most is that -one can just know when one reads a tag line by them on Memeorandum, that they are completely and certifiably insane. While they all have different day jobs-some are professional   hacks "journalists", others are part time writers-but they are all certifiably stupid. I hate them all with a well deserved passion.

They are as John Cole describes it, Serious Persons:

Serious Person- Also frequently appearing as “Very serious person,” this is applied to a person held in great esteem by The Village, who is repeatedly entirely wrong about everything, usually with tragicomic results. Conversely, those who have pretty much been right about everything the last twenty years are referred to as “not serious.” Serious persons believe the only solution to any foreign policy issue is bombing brown people (preferably Muslim, when at all possible), and the only solution to domestic affairs is cutting entitlements and demanding that the poor and working poor “sacrifice.” 

 

 

In other words, they have no fucking clue what they are talking about. Nor do they have any idea at all the world has changed and its not going back to the 80's-EVER.

Why do I hold them to blame? Because they write for an audience that clearly is as ignorant as they appear to be. Notice I say appear to be-because deep down they know what they are doing. They have no desire to have an honest discussion about anything. Their sole purpose in writing is not to celebrate the joy of communicating a well thought idea. And to take the time to do some research about it. Or to even pause to write about the truly beautiful things in life that have nothing to do with politics.

No they do what they do for the purpose of getting people angry. They want their supporters to be angry at the nasty black man in the White House. They want people like me-smarter than any of them-to get angry in return. And then if I write something that actually catches them in their lie-or points out again how they love to lie-they will simply turn up the volume and make it about me and/or some aspect of my personal life.  They truly are reprehensible people.

They exert too much influence in American politics today-and sadly the news media by and large seems to take cues from them. In the case of Fox News, they appear to get story lines from them.

And they get away with it. They shouldn't but they do-because too many Americans are stupid. Right Charles Pierce?

The threat to the country, and to its commitment to self-governing democracy over the previous decade, and especially at the end of it, when the institutions of self-government seemed powerless to stop a cascade of destruction brought down on all of us by the institutions of private capital, the strength of which most of us never had begun to guess. That, through lassitude and a nearly bottomless thirst for snake oil, we had been complicit in the coring out of the strength of the institutions of self-government seemed terribly beside the point at the time, given the ruin that seemed to be looming to all points of the compass. But now, in the first real election conducted entirely after the crisis, and after the depths of the recession that it caused, we do not have that luxury anymore. The stakes are plainly clear. The decision, at this point, may well be irrevocable, and the first opportunity to make that decision is in the simple act of voting, and of explaining to ourselves why we vote. We vote because it is something we do together, for one another. We do not vote to take something back from someone else. We do not vote in a bubble, even if we think we do. Voting is communal, whether we want to look at it that way or not. We will have a self-governing political commonwealth or we will decide not to have one. And, right now, 20 days out, you'd have to be crazy or Nate Silver to think you know what which way that decision will fall.




The lies of the aforementioned members have a lot to do with that. And so I place the blame squarely on them-and hate them with a fervor that will be a flame unrequited until they are exposed as the charlatans they truly are.

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Sep 26 2012

The Breitbart legacy ( and its not a good one).

Published by under Blogging,Hypocrites

Andrew Breitbart died last March. Sadly, his media outlet, the Breitbart blogs, did not join him in death. They, sadly, continue on, providing dishonest commentary at every turn.

My Canadian Counterpart has a great post up pointing out the details. It is worth the read-because one can never be reminded too much of what a charlatan Breitbart was, and the corrosive effect he had on the politics of the United States.

As Buckley or George Will have repeatedly demonstrated over the decades, there is no shortage of serious and factual ways to criticize liberals. But with the ascendancy of Breitbart, it became okay to mislead, selectively edit and, when all else failed, lie outright. He and his followers regularly engaged in hysterical rhetoric that more closely resembled what you would have heard from Democratic activists in the 1960s and 70s.

However, nothing succeeds quite like success, so Breitbartism spread like wildfire, first through the Tea Party, then the GOP as a whole. If you know anything about history or political science, it's virtually impossible to take these people seriously. People whose intellectual forefathers (and I use the word "intellectual" advisedly) were castigated and shunted aside by Buckley are increasingly taking over the movement and driving it into the ground so rapidly that it staggers the imagination.

Especially enjoyable is description of the current bunch of hacks who are carrying on the big boy's legacy:

You haven't heard much from the Breitbart Empire since its founder's passing in March. This is mostly because Andrew himself was a showman. He knew how to play the media and make it pay attention. Without him, all that's left is paranoid raving on a very flashy and expensive blog. It's writers are little more than a collection of intellectual misfits (emphasis added by me) who regularly insult the intelligence of anyone with a high school diploma. Oh, and they have a few radio talk show hosts, just to make sure that folks who didn't make it through high school get their intelligence insulted.

Sums up everything you ever needed to know about those folks quite well. Read the whole post-its a treat.

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Jul 22 2012

Why blogs suck…….

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Especially those that pride themselves on the "high caliber of their discussion"-and the "fine people on their front porch".  Fortunately I jumped in the gutter from the start-so I have no such lofty ambitions.

But this post-by my Canadian Counterpart-quite accurately describes why the collective blogosphere is a huge failure. Like every major internet outlet for public expression, the blogosphere has been hijacked by those who care nothing for it. Just about every outlet for public discussion on the internet has been ruined by stupidity, and that is quite true in blogs that call themselves "Mil-blogs". And yes Uncle Dumbo-that includes you.

Blogs in general, suck. This place less than others perhaps-but the symptoms of the disease are here as elsewhere. Here at Far East Cynic HQ, however , we do strive to be accurate-which is about the only thing keeping us going. But the pissy idiots like Erik Erikson, 3/4 of the mil-blogs, just about all of the major political blogs and even some of the expat ones-all have tested positive for incurable echo chamber syndrome.

Look, I know how to be successful, influential blogger who has lots of readers and makes money from their work. It isn't hard, really.

You always, always reinforce what your audience already believes and never challenge those core assumptions, regardless of how intellectually inconsistent or ridiculous they might be. You keep your posts under 800 words, which obliterates the possibility of putting anything that happened before last month in some kind of historical context, You mercilessly attack the other side, while justifying or ignoring the excesses of your own. Of course, if you can find a marginal cartoon character, like Jeremiah Wright or David Duke on your own side to denounce, that makes you look "fair." Whatever you do, make sure that cartoon character isn't Sarah Palin, lest you be denounced as "sexist" by people who spent sixteen years making Hillary Clinton jokes.

You link-whore relentlessly, and suck up to folks with audiences larger than your own. And you never disagree with your own side in public, no matter how damaging to your credibility doing so might be. Look at the high level of support George W. Bush had among very conservative Republicans during his spending spree and military adventurism, or the very liberal support for Bill Clinton during his corporatist term in office. Then look to what those former supporters say about them now.

It is a bigger trend really, and affects all major internet outlets.  Twitter? Useless except for really famous people to get in trouble with. Nothing meaningful I know can be said in 140 characters or less-and besides who follows average nobodies like me? Facebook? Yea, that's rich.  Here's a test-try to have a meaningful discussion with a "friend" who loves the teabaggers has gone to the dark side. It will simply lead to a gang fight-and no meaningful discussion will be accomplished. Do it enough and you learn quickly to move to stupid pictures of people on vacation, cars, any other innocuous thing. Out of fear mostly.

Major Media comments? Most require registration-and then spam comes your way as a result.

Its all a 100% , gold plated,  failure.

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Jul 18 2012

The cycle is in the middle

In the middle of a hectic work / travel schedule. Have a trip to elsewhere in Deutschland on the horizon, immediately followed by a trip back to the Whining States of America. Part business-part familial pilgrimage.

In the interim-between going back and forth to both work and the doctor-I got a new toy:

I finally got tired of my non smart, pre-paid,  German cell phone. Perhaps not the smartest idea I have ever had-especially since I hope to be on my way back to Asia in the next year and a half, but my I-phone will not be able to be unlocked till next winter. I miss my smart phone. ( I use the I-phone now as an American cell when back in the US and this one over here-since one way or another, I would have to pay ATT.)

As an I-Phone aficionado, it was a little hard to make "the switch"-but I find that on the whole I am liking the phone. For one thing-it was cheaper than a new I-phone ( when you included the service contract). Since European phones are sold unlocked-I can use it in my travels which is nice-especially when I go to Israel and back to Asia.

Things I like: The screen is bigger than the I-Phone and the image is just about the same as that of a I-POD with retina screen. I like being able to move files via Windows to the SD card. I like being able to change the SIM card easily. I have figured out how to replicate my apps-so I have most of the ones I used on the I-phone.

I think I-tunes has a better way to present Music-but as for Video-I call it for the Samsung. The other definite advantage of the Samsung is the thinness of the body.

Downside of the Samsung-you have to be careful not to scratch the screen. I bought a case with a flap that covers the screen and is insulated. Problem is-it folds the wrong way, in relation to the buttons that move me through the menus. I am getting used to it however.

Bottom line? I like it as much or more than my I-phone. Sad news for Apple-of which I am a shareholder. I'm still sold on the IPad though.

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Jun 09 2012

Trolls can be dealt with.

This video is lovingly dedicated to all those commenters who can't seem to discuss a subject on its merits alone.  Like the fine group of folks who dropped by here in January.

Warning NSFW!

 

 

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May 18 2012

Time to write my novel.

Published by under Blogging,Fun things!

Set in Japan and the United States-the plot wil be the oppression of people like me,  by the Friends of Bill. Since I have now checked all the blocks on the chart-I can't put it off any longer.

 

Of course in my case-its episodes of debauchery. Thank goodness for the personal demons to see me through it!

H/T to Expat @ Large

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May 13 2012

Under repair

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Curtis correctly pointed out that the page is taking too long to load. I have been troubleshooting-so far with no luck. This seems to have happened since I installed the latest WP update.

Rest assurred I will get it fixed.

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Feb 07 2012

I’m still here……

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You greasy bastards. Still one of the greatest movie lines of all time.

Its also a good theme for my blog birthday-which occurs today. This blog is 7 years old today. A milestone of sorts-and the adventure has definitely not gone as I thought it would back in 2005.

I began this blog out of a sense of frustration responding to a huge personal disappointment in my life; created by nothing but sheer stupidity on the part of other people-who then,  as was recently demonstrated here-thought they had some sort of God -given right to interfere with my life. They didn't then-and they most certainly don't today. My disgust with their simplistic trying to slot people into molds, set me off on the path of blogging to begin with. That particular personal disappointment was a “Y” of sorts in my life-and the path taken since then, was definitely the one less traveled by. But it has been, on the whole,  pretty interesting. It has made, "all the difference".

They say you are supposed to write about what you know. For me that comes down to my life-which has been a fascinating ride, most definitely not your standard issue, Mark 1, Mod 0 useless life in suburbia-and politics.  I had to deal with some of the suburbia during my 3+ year exile in the whining states of America. But even there, I found ways to get out and about-and do a lot of things that many others didn't get the chance to do. Perhaps you may have noticed that I was able to get to Hong Kong and Singapore-for brief stints-slipping the surly bonds that bound me. And my two summers in Romania are indeed a highlight in my life as well. As for the politics-American politics, that is probably the subject area I am most passionate about.

Sure I could take one narrow subjects area and focus on that-but there are far better experts already doing that. I prefer to write about the things that strike me-while maintaining an preference for the American politics. Since those particular politics have become pretty screwed up over the years-there is a lot to talk about. I've tried to also chronicle the travels and travails of my life-leaving more than bread crumbs along the way; in today's society that's probably no longer a smart thing to do. But it is my adventure, my tragedy, my boredom and excitement and to share it with someone has been more than a little therapeutic.

Like all bloggers, I had that fantasy that someone of influence would pick up on my writing and become enraptured with it, enough so to enable a transition to a living based upon it. Sadly, as the years and the hit counter have proven-that’s not going to be the case. Its probably like my oppressors listed above-blogs have a self fulfilling tendency to slot people into types. If you do not fit one of those, it does not matter how well you write-the crowds just are not there. It is especially not helped when as the later years have proven-the sorry state of American politics and the basic average stupidity of my countrymen, has fueled an anger in me. I have a short temper to begin with-and seeing some of the really silly events of the past few years has brought that anger to the surface.

Speaking of hit counters, I looked. I have written 2673 posts and received 6059 comments. Since I have had two blog sites-its hard to estimate my total number of visitors, but if Site Meter is to be believed its about 250,000. In blog terms that's a small number. I am proud of the fact that I have not (yet) had to moderate comments-I think its a bad thing in the long run. Given recent experiences though-I may have to re-think that policy. I hope not.

Several of those 2673 posts have been controversial-and I've had more than a couple people take their anger out in my comments page and via e-mail.  Heartening though-if not a tad bit of disturbing commentary on American society, are the e-mail's of support I have also gotten. Folks who wanted to comment-but were afraid to because of fear the thought police would come hunt them down. That's remarkable when you consider that a lot of what I have written has been expressed in similar strident forms elsewhere-and you don't see the folks out with torches and pitchforks there. But I do understand-the fear of intimidation can be real. But I look at it, if you going to go around watching everything you say, you are not going to get anything said. So for the thought police lurking around reading this-go suck my……..

ANYWAY.

I’ve also tried to have fun-acknowledging that my tastes are not those of the typical purebred American boy. Contrary to popular belief, I love women. Oh that I surely do.

I don't like feminism though-about that I have been pretty consistent. I  do not like it one little bit. I also think the vociferous defenders of the rising income inequality in the world need to be singled out for a well deserved verbal beating. One reason I envy Matt Taibbi is that he has aggressively taken on this subject-pointing out that Goldman Sachs folks may have been individually just fine-but collectively, they were still evil.

Now that I am back overseas- I will continue to write about the ups and downs of the overseas life.  Which-for all its issues-still beats its domestic counterpart by many many miles. The world is big and I still need to see a lot of it.

However American politics-and my fascination to all things military-inevitably draw me back to those topics. And to those loyal readers who have been following the goings on here for a while-there will be little change in this pattern for the future. So like the Friends of Bill keep saying ( as they screw up another generation of the illegally coerced)-keep coming back.

I’ll keep trying to figure out what I’m going to do when I grow up.


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Jan 30 2012

A couple of reminders.

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Some problems never go away-they just resurface with different troublemakers.

There is an e-mail link on this blog for a reason. If you can't find it-hit compatibility view-and I am sure you will. Some conversations are better held off line-or better yet, not at all.

Like Ronald Reagan said-I am paying for this microphone. I control the content here-and I expect my rules on commenters and what to call a commenter to be respected. If you can't do that-go play with yourself, not my editor.

And for God's sake-read the entire post. Not just the parts you think you read.

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Aug 07 2011

I sure wish I could remember this.

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It would save me a heck of a lot of pain and suffering. ( Stolen from Spike).

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